Tenganan Ancient Village

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Steve D
Kersbrook, Australia139 contributions
Mar 2020
Our hired driver took us here without doing any research. If I had have read the comments on TA I probably wouldn't have gone. In saying that our guide in the village was fantastic. He was very educational. We did end up in his home where he tried to sell us sarongs and artwork at exorbitant prices. We ended up buying a Bali map for 400k to save face as we felt a bit embarrassed. Think twice before going.
Written 22 March 2020
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Wandermore.
Normanville, Australia53 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
We were really excited to do this tour and gain insight into traditional Balinese life. It started with meeting our local guide who was lovely, friendly and full of information. We were then asked if we’d like to see his house, we walked inside and it was basically a shop with his wife standing there. We were then stuck there for an awkward 20 minutes while he continued to pressure us to buy sarongs and maps. When we eventually got out by basically just walking out, his demeanour completely changed and he barely spoke, power walked and was almost rude as he whipped us back to the car. Once there he continued to pressure our driver to tell him where we were staying.

It’s sad to have to leave this review but I feel that other visitors should be aware of what happens here. While I understood that this is how they make an income, it was an extreme amount of pressure to buy while in someone’s home and was a very uncomfortable experience.
Written 10 March 2020
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Ni P
Taito, Japan159 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
I am giving this 2 stars only because of the beautiful lush green surroundings is this village. Otherwise .. it was a complete waste and disappointing experience.

Our local guide shared no information .. just took us inside a few home shops - where the residents seemed sad, distracted and disinterested.. the local architecture, layout - didn’t provide any further insight or understanding of Old Balinese ways or anything.

It actually makes me sad to give this poor review as I am guessing they depend on tourists. Hopefully we just had a rare, below average experience.

We have visited many other similar and much more insightful and interesting village / traditional life experiences in Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam and India .. this one doesn’t even come close.

My point - Don’t sell yourself as an experience- if you aren’t going to even try. ..
Written 30 December 2019
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robynchristensen7
Bathurst, Australia12 contributions
Nov 2019
This village is beautiful ( very photogenic!) The villagers still work on their craft as the have done for generations. Items cost a little more but having the opportunity to watch how much skill and patience go into a piece is priceless. I was happy to pay for my double ikat and traditional calender stories, still barter but be reasonable. None of us want to work or create for nothing! The village was clean and tidy, the people were friendly and not at all pushy. We had young children with us, they were intrigued by the crafts and were not repremanded by locals when one young child chased the chickens! We left a donation on the way out.
Written 17 December 2019
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royjava6
The Hague, The Netherlands313 contributions
Oct 2019
We visited a "Kopi Luwak farm" close to Tenganan, and at first it was very interesting. It is an originally Indonesian coffee. The palm civet cat is the name of Luwak, a shy animal, living a lonely life in the jungle area , eating coffee berries as an ingredient of his diet. Indonesian coffee pickers were not allowed to eat the Luwak berries, during colonial times, and collected the feces of the luwak. They found the coffee berries, which taste became famous. And even a luxury product that was named the most expensive coffee in the world. I do not like coffee (a tea drinker). When I found out about the terrible circumstances the Luwak civet cat lives I say NO to the Luwak attraction. No longer in their free habitat, but kept and trapped in small cages. Sorry, NOT for me! Even it is a wonderful product for coffee lovers.
Written 7 December 2019
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truereview
Bali, Indonesia10 contributions
Sep 2019
We went with a guide from our hotel. The village history and culture is interesting.
Before we even got to the village, our guide was telling us that he would take us only to the best shop and there was absolutely no pressure to buy .. and acted quite offended at the thought. So he took us to a shop.... we surprised one of the males who was counting huge wads of rupiah. He disappeared pretty fast and a woman came to point at some of the textiles. They were no better than anywhere else - they also had the same tourist rubbish as other place. We asked where things were from... not even all of the textiles were locally made.
When we said we weren't going to buy, the shop owner just walked away. Our guide was put out. We asked to go to smaller 'real' stores and he pretended not to understand. So we walked into another store but it was pretty much the same experience.
The economic benefits of tourism are important and we happily buy for genuine articles- but this was just too cynical.
Written 21 November 2019
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NicB
Perth, Australia72 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
We were lucky enough to be shown around this ancient village from the 1600s by one of the elders. He was extremely informative and took us into his home to show us the traditional weaving done by his wife. The village is still functioning today. A very lovely stroll through a beautiful old village. You will need to provide a donation to be admitted to the village but this pays for your guide. If you want to see the more of the authentic Bali then add this to your bucket list.
Written 16 November 2019
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pshv74
Helsinki, Finland38 contributions
Nov 2019
I visited the village with a guide but did not get anything out of it. Many tourist shops and temple (of course) but nothing special.
Written 12 November 2019
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Marshall H
Phitsanulok, Thailand759 contributions
Sep 2019
I'm not jaded, but while I appreciate its historical significance, its not interesting to tour. Compound walls block most picturesque views of homes. Some invite you in to buy overpriced textiles. The guide seemed bored (we only donated 20,000 idr) and there was not much to see, no market, no people around.. I will concede that at festival times this would be good to visit. When we were in Ubud previously, we visited another village, that was quite picturesque and very photogenic. Unfortunately I can't remember its name.
Written 13 October 2019
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Slimpy69
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
Sep 2019 • Couples
Please read this.. The positive reviews can only come from those who purchased goods here. (ripped off as well as these goods are sold for 75k rdp in the many shops)

Started very well with a lovely driver (who may or may not be a part of this scam) to the village.
Once there we met a guide who was lovely and friendly. After a very interesting 5 minutes we were taken into a home with a variety of weaved items. Once there he told us an interesting tale of how it was made.
He then told us the price despite numerously saying "you cannot buy" and when we politely declined... Everything changed.. His face dropped and all his apparent enthusiasm disappeared. What followed was thus far the most pitiful display of extortionate behavior. They slowly began packing up with him muttering his own language.

After an uncomfortable 5 minutes we left and he led us back silent as the grave. I purposefully asked questions about the village only to get quick energy less answers. To be honest it was borderline hostile as he passed other villagers he spoke to them and we were in turn glared at like we were despicable creatures.

As we left the guide smiled and waved in a very friendly way. Just in case the tourists who just arrived may be buying customers.

In all honesty this is pathetic and a real damper on an otherwise great day. Do yourselves a favor.. Avoid this place.. Don't support this tourist scam

Beautiful but no less so than so many other places here. Still would have loved that tour
Written 19 September 2019
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